Straight Pride UK is an organization that fights for the equal social and legal rights of heterosexuals and sentence fragments:
The celebration of one's heterosexuality. It is not a bigoted or intolerant thing to proclaim-it is simply stating the truth, that you are straight and not ashamed of that fact.
Straight Pride UK — which also has a Twitter presence — is concerned with heterosexuals being "silenced and abused." Now, it's perfectly reasonable to be concerned about mounting censorship in the UK, though I see no indication that heterosexuals are subjected to it more than absolutely anyone who says anything abrasive to absolutely anybody's delicate fee-fees. But you'd think that an organization concerned with "special rights" and "silencing" would not be a hair-trigger censor itself.
You'd be wrong.
UK history student Oliver Hotham wanted to learn more about Straight Pride UK and write about them, so he sent them an email describing himself as a "freelance journalist" and posed some questions. They responded. He did what any blogger would do:
About a week later they responded with an attached document with the title “press release”. I went through the questions, corrected the horrendous grammar, and organised it so it coherently answered the questions I’d posed. I also noted that two rather pointed questions I’d asked, regarding the problem of the bullying of LGBTI youth and the nature of other “pride” movements, had not been answered. I sent them an email about this, saying that I’d give them the opportunity to respond but, if they didn’t, I’d “make it clear in the article” that they avoided the questions. They didn’t get back to me for 2 days, which I thought ample time to write two sentences.
So Oliver wrote. Straight Pride UK's jimmies were rustled, and they demanded that he take the post down:
“It has been brought to my attention that you have published the email that I sent you to, you did not state this in your email request, nor you did have consent to do this.
I therefore request that you take down the article that you have placed on your blog.
You have 7 days in which to do this, failing this I shall submit a DMCA to WordPress to have it removed.”
Oliver laughed this off as very silly. What remotely rational person — straight or gay — would think that their response to a self-described journalist asking questions about their political organization would be kept private?
But Straight Pride UK did file a bogus DMCA notice to WordPress, which reflexively took Oliver's post down. Straight Pride UK redoubled its demands:
remove all references to Straight Pride UK, The Straight Forward Project, along with images, and links, from your Blog.
This is not having the impact that Straight Pride UK might have hoped for. Instead, they are encountering the Streisand Effect in an immediate and catastrophic way. Many bloggers are reprinting Oliver's post; Oliver has given his permission to do so.
Straight Pride UK is reacting . . . badly.
In fact, they are reacting in a manner that shows that they don't merely hold the completely ridiculous position that their "press release" is protected — they also think that they have a right to be free of criticism about their censorious twatwafflery.
Look, I think straights are already very well represented in the culture, even in the UK. But I don't have any problem with people who want to express pride in being straight, or people who want to express how oppressed they feel by the modern culture's tolerance of sexual diversity. Let them have their special group! But speaking as a straight guy, would it be possible to have a straight-positive organization that isn't a pack of craven socially dysfunctional nitwits? I'd hate for a stereotype to develop.
Meanwhile, below the break, per Oliver's permission, I've republished his wrongfully taken down post, as to which Straight Pride UK's DMCA assertion is patently bogus.
Edit: New Straight Pride statement added at end of post.